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Unique children’s stories are becoming more prevalent in the app store as the popularity of the iPad grows. A Recipe For a Perfect Day With Dad is unique, not only because of the interesting interactivity that each page offers, but also because of the subject matter. Spend an imaginative day with a “rock star, ninja fighter, crime buster, Jedi master” and his dad as they create a recipe for the perfect day.
The book offers an auto play feature and a “read to me” option. The auto play feature will flip the pages automatically, but can be paused at any time if the user wishes to spend more
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time exploring the hidden animations.
Each page is full of interactive illustrations that are discovered by tapping them. For example, tap on the makeshift oven to reveal a table with dishes that can then be uncovered for a secret surprise. Tap on a spaceship to make it travel across the sky.
  
There are a couple of extra special hidden gems. For example, tapping on the electric guitar will open a new page that shows our young protagonist rocking out to some heavy tunes.
The illustrated graphics are perfectly matched with this imaginative story. The street floods with water and the neighborhood slowly turns into a jungle. The colors are bright and the Seuss-like animals are a pleasant addition.
The app runs just a bit slow. When turning a page, kids have to wait for the animated arrow to bounce first. Instead of a tap-to-turn option, it would be nice to see the realistic page turning feature. That way, kids could easily and quickly flip to their favorite pages.
Although the story is different, this app reminds me of the interactive children’s book Little Frigglepants Builds a Ship. Both are about a child and his wild imagination and both offer full-featured interactive pages that can be played with for long periods of time. A Recipe For a Perfect Day With Dad will keep your young reader engaged and entertained.
  
What I liked: There are lots of interactive features on each and every page. The story is unique and interesting.
What I didn’t like: When the app is opened, it goes directly to a library of other books that can be purchased from the developer. That feature really belongs at the back of the book. It is kind of tacky for it to be the first thing your child sees.
To buy or not to buy: This is a great book with lots of interactive features. Children will enjoy exploring every page. The app is only $0.99, so it is a bargain too.

App Name: A Recipe For a Perfect Day With Dad- An Interactive Children’s Story Book HD
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Category: Books
Developer: TabTale
Price: $0.99
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The Bad Mouse app for iPhone and iPad from Jiguin is like whack a mole, but with a little more love put into it. It’s also a good way to introduce whack a mole into a younglings life. With more kids running around with iPads and less in arcades, these games are slowly dying in [...]

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Elicity is a new iPad app that has quite a simple purpose; it lets you browse and share YouTube videos via word clouds. Here’s its brief App Store intro:
Explore the millions of videos available on YouTube with the beautiful word clouds created by Elicity. Makes browsing YouTube a wonderfully tactile and intuitive experience. Share word clouds and discovered videos with friends, via Facebook, Twitter and Email. Gorgeous fonts, delicious color schemes – create something unique whilst browsing.

As you may have noticed, I’m finding myself drawn to a numbe
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r of video-focused apps for the iPad, as there are so few good things to watch on TV these days. Elicity’s word cloud concept is certainly different enough to be worth a look – so I’ve been trying it out last night and today.
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PiggyWoogy TMDeveloper: Jdea Co., Ltd. Price: $0.99Download from the App StoreUser Ratings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ7QKMr3B1AJdea recently launched iOS game Piggy Woogy, a match-3 puzzler with the added bonus of top-notch action, is available for a temporarily reduced price of $0.99. Piggy Woogy normally retails at $1.99, but Jdea is offering the game at a fifty percent discount in order to celebrate its quick success and to give even more gamers the opportunity to become part of the game’s enthusiastic fan base.Piggy Woogy owes its success to the game’s unique concept, which is
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Today’s iPhone, iPad, and iTouch apps for free daily include a frantic cooking game, excellent board game, slick music player, and star gazing assistant. A number of apps drop from paid to free on a daily basis, and we pick the top four everyday, as many of the others aren’t worth your time even for free. Everyday we try to pick apps that are worth spending money on, but are now free to download, and here they are.
Mad Chef ($0.99 -> Free, Universal): A cooking game like never before as it combines time management, cooking, action, knife tossing, and arcade feel for one unique game exp
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erience. It features a little of everything as orders come in, ingredients bounce across the screen, and you toss knifes to collect ingredients.
Ticket To Ride Pocket ($1.99 -> Free, iPhone): This is one of the best games transported from physical board game to iOS. A game based on trains where you have train tickets, and need to use them effectively to control the entire map of train routes.
SmartPlayer ($0.99 -> Free, iPhone): A very slick and seamless music player that focuses on aesthetics, and ease of use. There is a clear interface with intuitive gestures to control music playback.
Star Rover HD ($0.99 -> Free, iPad): A star gazing app that lets you point your iPad to the sky to see what constellations and sky objects you’re looking at. The app includes over 120,000 Hipparcos stars, all 88 constellations, planets and their moons, and a deluxe catalog of imagery and information for everything you’re looking at.


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With all the freebies that have been flying around each week, it’s a wonder we haven’t run out. Then again, how many hundreds of apps and games are released each week? Yeah, I suppose when I think about it that way it’s no wonder we’re still going strong. Strong with savings!
… I’m sorry. Just ignore me and take a look at this week’s list. I’ll be sitting over here. In the corner.
Baseball Superstars 2012 – People love baseball. At least, that’s what I’ve heard. So yeah, here’s a baseball game. But what about the
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rest of us who aren’t nuts for “America’s Favorite Pastime?” Well we have this, too. Because it’s absolutely insane, anime-style baseball. Like with unnatural pitching abilities and totally wacky players. That, and the last one was pretty cool, too.
Baseball Superstars® 2012.Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Buy Now: FREEReleased: 2012-01-26 :: Category: Games
Derby Days – Now I know there are a lot of free-to-play “build X” games around these days, but none to my knowledge combine the concept with horse care. It’s usually either or as far as I know. So why not get excited about being able to build and run a horse ranch, while also caring for and breeding horses? If it were possible to trade the diminutive equines with friends than I’d say this is a sure-fire thing. Wait a second, we can do that already? Well then I guess there’s no point in holding off on downloading it.
Derby DaysUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Buy Now: FREEReleased: 2012-01-26 :: Category: Games
Zombie Battle – Zombies staggering in from the right side of the screen across several “lanes.” Seems a tad familiar. This isn’t a strategy game, however. It’s more of an action defense thing. Sure, zombies have been done to death (har-har) these days but that’s no reason to discount this upgradable blast-em-up. Besides, vaporizing the living dead is almost always tons of fun.
Zombie BattleiPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Buy Now: FREEReleased: 2012-01-23 :: Category: Games
2XL MX Offroad – Some people out there might argue about the superiority of dirt bikes versus ATVs. People like that can now have tons of fun with various what-if scenarios thanks to 2XL MX Offroad. People unlike that who don’t care much either way can also have plenty of fun with 2XL MX Offroad because it’s a crazy motocross-style racer with lots of stuff to do and stunts to (hopefully) perform.
2XL MX OffroadUniversal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Buy Now: FREEReleased: 2012-01-24 :: Category: Games
Apps mentioned in this post: 2XL MX Offroad, Baseball Superstars® 2012., Derby Days, Zombie Battle

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Ever since Carl Sagan brought Cosmos to viewers on PBS, scientific educators (as well as their publishers and TV producers) have searched for ways to make mind-boggling concepts like cosmic time and the Big Bang easier for people of all ages to understand. Landka’s Back in Time for iPad, which is part edu-app and part digital coffee table book, tweaks Sagan’s metaphoric Cosmic Calendar by collapsing the history of the universe’s 13.7 billion years into a single day.
Back in Time breaks down the 24 hour period into epoch’s of cosmic or geologic time, so the reader c
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an move through the Earth’s history from the Big Bang to the present, stopping at each event to view photos, watch videos, and read text geared for a curious, but not necessarily scientifically-trained, audience. Back in Time entertains as it educates, bringing the message of educational television programs such as Cosmos and Nova Science Now to a new medium.
While readers may be tempted to dive in and start exploring the app, it’s well-worth the time to read the book’s introduction, which is accessible from the splash screen. The introduction reminds the reader that according to the app’s imaginary clock, human evolution began only sixteen seconds ago, and Homo Sapiens have existed for just over one second.
Back in Time’s purpose isn’t (just) to make humankind’s place in cosmic history feel small and insignificant, rather it’s to use the clock, which is a device so utterly familiar, to contextualize events for its readers.
  
Navigating through Back in Time’s stunning UI is straight forward. To enter the timeline the reader simply adjusts the hands of the on-screen clock to a particular time, then taps the clock to reveal an interactive cosmic timeline. Readers can use a swipe gesture to pan along the timeline that runs along the bottom of the page or tap one of the images that arcs through the sky to go to a particular event such as the Origin of Birds or the acquisition of fire by Homo Erectus.
Each event on the timeline has its own section, complete with a brief article, as well as images and videos that the user can access through gesture controls. As the event screen is opened, a short animation rolls. Readers can also access interesting facts related to each section by tapping the lightbulb in the lower-left corner. For example, the section on the K-T Extinction (which finished off the dinosaurs) begins with the question, “Did you know that the reign of the dinosaurs began and ended with mass extinctions.”
Much as a reader would flip through a coffee table book, one can enjoy Back in Time by following the progression from the Big Bang at 0:00 to the present, or moving back and forth through the events in any order.
Download Back in Time for iPad from the App Store for $7.99. Back in Time for iPhone is also available as a separate purchase.
What I liked: Landka’s team spent more than a year creating Back in Time and their efforts were well spent. The beautiful UI creates the perfect back drop for the detailed time line, while the writing stays away from jargon or overly technical terms that might deter some readers.
What I didn’t like: Though the app’s soundtrack is pleasant, it was a distraction from reading. I would have preferred to mute the sound from within the app.
To buy or not to buy: Any reader who enjoys learning about science will find Back in Time a solid addition to his iPad library. While some of the information might be too challenging for kids younger than 10, the app may provide a chance for parents to explore the book with children who aren’t ready to read it on their own yet.

App Name: Back in Time for iPad
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Category: Books
Developer: Landka
Price: $7.99
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River of News for Google Reader, as the name might give away, is an RSS reader for the iPad for those who use Google Reader to keep up with their favorite feeds.
I’m a big consumer of RSS feeds as a major part of how I keep up with news each day – whether it’s iPad and iOS news, general tech news, or just news in general. I also follow Twitter, Google+, and news magazines like Flipboard, Zite, Google Currents, and others to keep up with what’s happening – but tracking my 200 or so favorite feeds in Google Reader is still my most used and most effective way to try to keep up with th
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e daily information overload we’re all faced with these days.
I’ve tried other RSS apps on the desktop but Google Reader in a browser has remained my favorite for years on the desktop. It was my favorite on the iPhone for a long while too – even after the App Store opened and many decent native RSS reader apps came along. These days I do most of my reading on the iPad, so finding a great RSS app for the iPad was a priority from Day 1. Happily, River of News hit the iPad App Store a few months after the iPad was released – and it has been my favorite RSS app ever since.
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LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 2.2
Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $4.99 -> $2.99, Version: 2.2 (iTunes)

Description:
For LEGO Harry Potter LIMITED TIME OFFER!!! LEGO Harry Potter is only $2.99 --------------------------------------Experience the events of Harry Potter's first four years at Hogwarts – LEGO® style!---------------------------------------Top iPhone Game of 2010(RPG Category) - TouchArcade***"This is the game to show your doubting friends as I don't believe a game of this depth or breadth presently exi
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sts on the App Store, and certainly not one with the care and attention that the Warner Bros. team have expended on it."(TouchArcade.com)"Okay, so if you're buying only one game this week, which one should it be? No contest: Lego Harry Potter. It's that good, even if you're not a fan of boy wizards or building blocks."(CNET.com)"...early impressions seem to indicate that this could be one of the best games currently on the platform."(Kotaku.com)"LEGO Harry Potter looks razor sharp on a Retina display device."(IGN - 8 out of 10)"...instantly charming and thoroughly impressive."(PocketGamer - 8 out of 10) ----------------------------------Play as Harry, Ron, Hermione and many more as you explore Hogwarts and engage in countless hours of gameplay spread across 40+ levels based on the Harry Potter books and movies. LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 1-4 brings the world of LEGO® Harry Potter to life on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, giving gamers the power to play with LEGO characters and models in a brand new way. Based on the first four Harry Potter books and movies, LEGO® Harry Potter: Years 1-4 builds on the foundations of previous LEGO® video games by offering a mix of fun, accessible gameplay and light-hearted humor – appealing to all ages. Players can explore the wizarding world and feel as though they are at Hogwarts. Features:• The Events of Harry Potter’s First Four Years at Hogwarts – LEGO® style! – including the Triwizard Tournament, the Quidditch World Cup, the Basilisk battle in the Chamber of Secrets, the encounter with Aragog and the face-to-face confrontation with Voldemort himself. • Stunning Graphics – take advantage of the Retina Display.• Intuitive Touch-Screen Controls – take complete control over your character to explore, solve puzzles and duel.• An Authentic Harry Potter Experience: - Visit Iconic locations – including Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest, the village of Hogsmeade and Hogwarts castle – a grand, immersive 3-D environment and the largest, most detailed LEGO® game location ever built. - Play as over 100 characters – including Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. - Attend Hogwarts – cast spells, mix potions, fly on broomsticks and complete hundreds of magical tasks to earn points.• Character Customization – using hundreds of different LEGO® Harry Potter pieces.• Classic LEGO® Humor – enjoy the characteristic comedic LEGO® ‘twist’ on events from the fiction.• Endless Replayability – use ‘Freeplay’ to discover areas of gameplay not accessible in Story Mode.• Collectables – pick up a huge variety of items throughout the game. -------------------------- **Check out these other exciting WB apps:• Scribblenauts Remix• Tapper World Tour• Tapper World Tour HD (iPad only)• Harry Potter: Spells• LEGO Batman: Gotham City GamesWhat's NewIN THIS UPDATE(v2.2):- Major Bug Fixed - Red Brick issue corrected (Please see note below)Note: To Toggle between the red bricks, click on the character portrait in the upper left corner of screen. This will bring up a menu where you can toggle between the red bricks you have unlocked.
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The increasing power and proliferation of smartphones has given us an increasing amount of ways of connecting with each other. However, all of these new communication venues have also given us an increasing amount of contact information to keep track of. Android users already know how Xobni’s app Smartr Contacts can help simplify that process and now iPhone owners can too.
Smartr Contacts pulls data from various sources in order to create a master contacts list. Whether someone is a Facebook friend or a LinkedIn connection they will be accounted for. Smartr Contacts then puts
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that person’s email, phone number, picture and whatever else it can intelligently detect in one handy place. The app keeps track of recent communications one has had with their contacts and will even rank contacts in order of importance. Think of it as a way of knowing who one’s real friends are.
While the app works with other existing social networks like Twitter, in order to use Smartr Contacts one must sign up for a Xobni account. Smartr Contacts is available for free on the App Store.

Smartr Contacts for iPhoneiPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Buy Now: FREEReleased: 2012-01-13 :: Category: Productivity

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